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Measuring cancer earlier: Wearable technologies and real-time health monitoring

6 May 2022 10:00-17:00, London, United Kingdom

On behalf of the Royal Society of Analytical Division and Cancer Research UK, we invite you to join us in London in May 2022 for a workshop and networking event on wearable technologies and real-time health monitoring for the early detection of cancer.
This workshop continues efforts to meet our goal of bringing together researchers from across our communities to build interdisciplinary collaborations, which are crucial in meeting the challenge of detecting cancers earlier. One area of interest highlighted in the Early Detection and Diagnosis of Cancer Roadmap is the use of wearable and other technology for real-time monitoring and risk management. There is an opportunity to reduce individual risk levels and detect warning signs for cancer earlier by mobilising citizens to take a proactive approach to monitoring their health via wearable, implantable, and/or smartphone technologies. This challenge will require a clear understanding of cancer, its risk factors and biological properties, as well as how to measure them. It will also require efforts in clearly reporting that information through digital literacy, health management, patient behaviour and data integration.   
Measuring cancer earlier will bring together analytical scientists, material scientists, cancer biologists, data scientists, clinicians and behavioural scientists to explore the challenges and opportunities of wearables for the early detection of cancer and establish new interdisciplinary collaborations for early detection funding opportunities.
The programme will feature keynote speakers from the different scientific communities giving their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for wearable technologies. The remainder of the programme will focus on workshops and structured networking sessions to enable the communities to connect with each other.
As part of the programme, we will be hosting a Technology Marketplace for researchers to promote novel approaches that could be relevant to clinical problems. This will be an opportunity to showcase new technologies to address the challenge of wearable devices for earlier cancer detection. Participants in the marketplace will deliver short presentations on capabilities and potential applications of their approach.


To ensure good representation from the different communities, participation at the event will be selected from an expression of interest. If you would like to attend please complete the expression of interest form by 4 April 2022.
We welcome applications from post-doctoral researchers, independent early career researchers, mid-career researchers, established independent researchers and industry researchers working in the fields of:
  • Sensors
  • Data analytics
  • Implantable devices (eg for other diseases)
  • Lab-on-chip
  • Biomarker validation
  • Cancer diagnostics
  • Epidemiology and cancer risk
  • Health systems research
  • Behavioural research
The Royal Society of Chemistry is keen to encourage and enable as many people as possible to attend our events, to benefit from the networking opportunities and the chance to hear talks from leaders in the field. If you would like to discuss accessibility, or have childcare, caring responsibilities or other care needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements so that we can enable your attendance. Please refer also to our Grants for carers fund, for more information please see the ‘bursaries’ section on this page.
Expression of Interest
If you would like to attend the workshop and networking event please complete the expression of interest form by 4 April.

Expressions of interest to participate in the event will be reviewed by the Measuring Cancer Earlier organising committee to ensure a balanced representation of expertise.
Applicants should demonstrate their suitable skills and expertise to attend the workshop. We are not looking for your academic publication or research track record, but rather how you might approach early detection using innovative and collaborative ways.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 2 weeks of the submission deadline.

Researcher Development Grant

If you are an RSC member and a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher based at a higher education or research institution you are eligible to apply for a Researcher Development Grant.

This grant can provide up to £500 towards activities that will develop your skills and experience as a researcher, which includes participation at conferences, either in-person or virtual.

Applications are processed monthly, with the deadline for each round being the last day of the month, and decisions being sent out by the 21st of the following month. Researcher Development Grants can be applied for in addition to Grants for Carers and Assistance Grants.

Grants for carers

Grants for carers have been introduced following the Royal Society of Chemistry Breaking the barriers report where 78% of chemists working in UK academia felt that managing parenting and/or caring responsibilities has an impact on women’s retention and progression. This fund is not limited to women scientists and welcomes applications from anyone with caring responsibilities. These grants have been supported by The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemists’ Community Fund.

You can apply for up to a maximum of £1000/year to assist with additional financial costs that you incur for care usually provided by you whilst you attend a chemistry related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event.

Caring responsibilities are wide and varied, and so each application will be individually assessed, examples of applications that we will consider include:
  • paying for extra home help or nursing care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • additional medical/respite care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • travel expenses for a relative to travel with you to care for dependents whilst you attend a meeting or event
  • paying for extended hours with a care worker/childminder/play scheme to cover time when you will arrive home later than normal.
You are eligible to apply if: 
  • you are a chemist
  • you will incur additional caring expenses whilst attending a chemistry-related meeting, conference, event or workshop or a professional development event
  • you will use these funds to cover the cost of care that you usually provide 
  • you are based in the UK or Ireland or if not, you will normally have held three years RSC membership (past or current).
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